John Hartson issues passionate transfer cry to Celtic board on live radio

By David Walton

July 30, 2021

John Hartson has issues a passionate call to the Celtic board to back Ange Postecoglou with quality and not just numbers this summer.

Postecoglou arrived in the door back in June, with only three signings in the door so far. Liel Abada, Kyogo Furuhashi, and Carl Starfelt remain the club’s only incomings so far for the first team.

Celtic felt the pain of failing to strengthen appropriately on Wednesday night. Our embarrassing UCL exit to Danish outfit Midtjylland left Hoops supporters enraged with the lack of forward planning from the board.

And Hartson believes it’s now time to get some quality signings in the door that can make an immediate impact as he called for action.

Speaking on Go Radio’s Football Show last night, Hartson said: “He said himself now that he’s going to step up in terms of putting pressure on his own board and getting the players that he wants in. So now it’s time, out of the Champions League, first game of the season this weekend with which he’s got hardly any time to prepare. But I think in maybe a month or six weeks’ time, things will look a little bit brighter for Celtic.

Ange took responsibility, now the Celtic board must do the same

“Things will look a little bit brighter for Celtic. I think there will be players in the door, but we need quality players. We don’t just need numbers, there were eight numbers sat on the bench last night.

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“We need quality. We need the people who have got the right mentality to play for Celtic. They need to be winners and have a little bit of experience to come straight into the team. They can’t just come in as a squad player. They need to come in and make us competitive again.”

John Hartson bang on; Celtic need immediate help

Hartson is absolutely spot on with everything he says here. Celtic have actually brought six players in the door in total this summer. However, half of them aren’t yet ready for the first-team.

Indeed, we haven’t even spoken about Liam Shaw, Osaze Urhoghide, and Bosun Lawal. Lawal is with the Celtic B side whilst Shaw and Urhoghide are both too raw to provide the quality needed at the moment.

In terms of squad depth, Celtic have very little option at centre-back or right-back. Same goes for left-wing and the defensive midfield. Even though there are only a few major priority positions, almost all of the areas in the Celtic squad could do with some refreshment.

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But Hartson hits the nail on the head. We’ve actually brought numbers in this summer, but numbers simply isn’t what’s required. It’s genuine quality. After all, we have numbers in the goalkeeping department. It doesn’t mean we have the quality there to be successful.

Too many signings in recent years have been made with a quantity over quality view. Too many made with short-termism involved. That’s something Celtic have to change this summer.

Postecoglou can hardly oversee a revolution if he isn’t backed appropriately. So far, progress has been slow.

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